Georgina Hickey

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Professional Title

Professor of History

Department(s)

College of Arts, Sciences & Letters (CASL)
History
UM Dearborn

About

My current historical research project explores Detroit in the decades following the 1967 rebellion by tracing the public career of Maryann Maffey, a middle-class white woman, who served on Detroit’s city council for 32 years. While the city struggled with crumbling infrastructure, a faltering economy, unemployment, crime, decreased state support, and the lingering impact of institutionalized racism, Mahaffey and the networks of progressive and leftist activists she cultivated worked to enact a vision of a just and vibrant city that centered the needs and desires of its people. This project uncovers those visions and challenges traditional narratives of hopelessness that surround post-industrial Detroit. It also suggests a model of leadership built around social justice and authentic allyship.

Research Interests

humanities
social sciences
qualitative research
activism
LGBTQ
policy